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Montessori School debate back in front of Timmins council

An issue about allowing a local woman to use her home as a Montessori School has come back to the city. Timmins’ Director of Development Mark Jensen gave a 19 page report last night about allowing eight students to the home on Maple. He says the development is reasonable, but concerns from residents include noise, parking, and re-zoning issues.

Councillor Pat Bamford says none of those complaints are valid, and council has to put the considerations into relative context. Parking concerns will be minuscule according to Bamford, and he says the concern that this will encourage other home-based businesses isn’t valid since the city looks at all of them on an individual basis.

However Jensen says that if council votes to allow this re-zoning, other homes in the area won’t have to get individual approval if they comply with the zoning requirements to do the same thing.

Bamford says the Montessori School is a bonus to those who use it, and is a benefit for the kids. Mayor Steve Black agreed with those comments, saying he has heard a lot of positive feedback from people who have used the Montessori program. He says it’s a good opportunity, and almost all of the daycares in Timmins are already in residential neighbourhoods.

The issue will come back to a vote next week.

Previous story: Debate over a Montessori School sparked at a public meeting.

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